Speeding Tickets and Commercial Drivers License (CDL)

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If  you have a Commercial Drivers License and drive for a living, a traffic ticket can be a big problem.  While a traffic ticket is a headache for any driver, it can be especially frustrating for you.  A traffic attorney can make your life a little easier by working to protect your license, your record, and your wallet.  We are here to make this process as smooth and as easy as possible for you.

If you are a CDL holder, and you use your license to drive for a living, it is especially important that you keep your license.  If a driver of an ordinary vehicle loses his or her license, they worry about being able to get to their job.  But if the commercial vehicle driver loses their license, they lose their job.  This means that protecting a driver’s license is extremely important for CDL holders.  Many traffic tickets can result in points on your driving license.  If you accumulate enough points, your license can be suspended.  If you are driving a commercial vehicle during an offense, you will typically get more points on your drivers license than you would if you were in an ordinary vehicle.  For example, if a person in an ordinary passenger vehicle passes a stopped school bus, that person can get 4 points on his or her drivers license.  On the other hand, if a person is driving a commercial vehicle and  passes a stopped school bus, he or she could be facing 8 points on his or her license.

Another aspect of traffic tickets that specifically effects CDL holders is the fact that they face types of charges that other drivers do not face.  For instance, if a driver of an ordinary vehicle has a blood alcohol content of .02 (and is not impaired), he or she cannot be charged with an offense.  However, if a person is driving a commercial vehicle, having any amount of blood alcohol content is a chargeable offense.  One of these charges can be very bad for your record, and it can prove disastrous if you are trying to build a career in driving.

A third issue that affects many CDL holders is that there are more license points for offenses if they are committed in a commercial vehicle.  If an offense is listed under the “Schedule of Point Values for Violations While Operating a Commercial Motor Vehicle” in North Carolina General Statute 20-16, then the penalties raised if the driver is operating a commercial motor vehicle.  This “ups the ante” for commercial drivers.  If you are driving a commercial vehicle, you don’t have to commit as many offenses to lose your license.

As you have read, commercial drivers face problems far beyond the ordinary driver.  You should not ignore a ticket, or take it lightly.  If you do so, you may be jeopardizing your commercial drivers license, and potentially, your livelihood.  This is a huge problem that you want to avoid.  If you would like to talk to a lawyer about your traffic tickets, please do not hesitate to give us a call.  We would be glad to answer any questions that you have about your options and the potential penalties you could face.

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